Archive for the ‘Hasbara’ Category

Israeli State Floats Joint Marketing Venture With Chilean Miners

October 19, 2010

Will the Chilean miners squander their brand identity in a joint marketing campaign with the Israeli state? It looks like a win-loose to me.

Isn’t it remarkable that the entity with the world’s largest P.R. machine has the world’s lowest ‘brand’ rating. I guess there are some things that can’t be ‘explained’ away.

see:

Haaretz: Israel invites Chilean miners for a ‘spiritual’ Christmas in the Holy Land

Tourism minister invites the 33 rescued miners and their spouses for a week-long all-expense paid sightseeing tour of Christian holy sites.

also see:

Survey: Israel worst brand name in the world

“Israel” Hopes Papal Visit Will Help Polish International Image In Wake of Gaza Massacre

Palestinian Christians urge Pope to call off May visit to Israel

Will Benedict’s “Pilgrimage” Boost “Israel’s” Image or Destroy His Own?

The Hasbara JPII Angle on the "Ground Zero Mosque"

August 24, 2010

Compare the fantasy:

Pope the Mosque Teacher

By John Batchelor on August 15, 2010

with the reality:

Pope John Paul II receiving orders from Poland Chief Rabbi Menachem Joskowicz, to remove all crosses and relocate a convent away from Auschwitz, June 11, 1999. (AP File Photo / June 11, 1999)

In the past, traditionalists, seemingly unable to face the reality of the Judeo-Catholic relations racket, have dismissed this image as being photoshopped. I assure readers that it is authentic and the details of the incident it captures are documented here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=6HI5Bbn9e8sC&lpg=PA2&ots=o16ir787HJ&dq=chief%20rabbi%20pope%20auschwitz%20finger&pg=PA1&output=embed

The Crosses of Auschwitz, Geneviève Zubrzycki

Israeli "Rebranding" Efforts Failing

March 15, 2010

Rebranding the country without addressing the conflict is just plain stupid … Unfortunately, Israeli governments tend to deal with this type of policy dead end by escalating the conflict or going to war.

See:

Israel Punks Itself: With Benjamin Netanyahu’s ridiculous new global PR campaign, Israel just tells itself lies.

Let history record that Pope Benedict XVI played the lead role in the futile effort to gloss over Israeli barbarity.

See:

“Israel” Hopes Papal Visit Will Help Polish International Image In Wake of Gaza Massacre

Will Benedict’s “Pilgrimage” Boost “Israel’s” Image or Destroy His Own?

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

Benedict XVI, Hexagram Hat Make Cover of Foreign Policy Magazine

Papal-Rabbinic Fraud at the Rome Synagogue January 2010

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

May 14, 2009

While “hasbara” translates most directly as “explanation,” what it has come to mean in practical terms is “any mechanism for making brutal, racist Israeli policy and practice seem palatable to the world.”

Benedict XVI validates war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, May 14, 2009 near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth in another yin yang photo op. During Netanyahu’s first term as Israeli Prime Minister he pitted Muslims against Christians by approving construction of a Mosque on the site of the Annunciation.

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… as one [Israeli] government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired in Politics

05/14/2009

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth

… Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.

The two popes who preceded him to the Holy Land appear to have better appreciated that point.

The first, Paul VI, made a hurried 12-hour stop in 1964, before the Vatican and Israel had established diplomatic relations, to conduct a Mass in Nazareth. During that time he did not utter the word “Israel” or formally meet with an Israeli official.

The second, John Paul II, came to the Holy Land in radically different circumstances: for the millennium, when hopes were still bright for the peace process. The Vatican had recognized Israel a few years earlier and the pontiff worked hard to soothe long-standing Jewish grievances against the Catholic church.

But he is also remembered by Palestinians for his bold move in joining Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, on a visit to the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where he cited UN resolutions against Israel and graphically described the “degrading conditions” under which Palestinians lived.

A decade on, the degrading conditions of occupation have worsened considerably and hopes of peace have vanished. In the circumstances, some Palestinians question what point a papal visit has served.

“The very act of coming here is a political act that works to the benefit of Israel,” observed Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent peace activist who teaches at the West Bank’s only Catholic university, in Bethlehem.

“This Pope’s visit, unlike his predecessor’s, offers no novelty — apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimize an extreme right-wing government.”

Israeli officials too are unpersuaded by the Pope’s claim that he can avoid being dragged into local politics. Or as one government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Israel has established the largest press centre in the country’s history for this visit, while police have broken up attempts by Palestinian organizations in Jerusalem to present a rival picture to journalists.

The attempts at careful stage management began from the moment the Pope’s plane touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday. At the reception, Pope Benedict stood between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Peres to listen not only to the Israeli national anthem but also to Jerusalem of Gold, a song popularised by soldiers during the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

The lyrics — offensive to Palestinians — describe an empty and neglected city before the arrival of Jews.

Similarly, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, made a point of welcoming him to the “capital of Israel and the Jewish people”, a description of Jerusalem not recognized in international law.

After the Pope failed to object, the Israeli media happily concluded that the country’s occupation of Jerusalem had papal blessing.

In addition, Palestinians, including the 100,000 with ties to Rome, have been angered by the Pope’s official meeting with the parents of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a humanitarian gesture made political for them by the fact that he has not extended the same courtesy to the parents of any of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli captivity.

Many Palestinians appreciate that the Pope — with his unfortunate, if apparently involuntary, connections to Nazi Germany — has been especially careful not to offend Israeli sensitivities, even if his speech at Yad Vashem failed to live up to the country’s high expectations.

But some also conclude that he has done too little to let the world know of their own plight.

Under pressure from Israel he has refused to visit Gaza, even at the beseeching of the tiny and besieged community of Catholics there.

Yesterday, to minimize Israel’s embarrassment, Vatican officials tried as best they could to keep him out of view of the oppressive wall that encircles Bethlehem. But he did speak to the press outside a UN school at a refugee camp within metres of the wall.

And today, as he headed to Nazareth to celebrate mass, he will not meet Mazin Ghanaim, mayor of the Galilee town of Sakhnin, after Israel labelled Mr Ghanaim a “supporter of terror” for criticizing its offensive in Gaza …

But Israel has not been able to control the message completely. On his one-day trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp yesterday, the Pope did acknowledge Palestinian suffering and the destruction of Gaza, even if he blamed it vaguely on “the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades”.

He lamented the difficulties Palestinians face in reaching their holy places in Jerusalem, though he appeared to justify the restrictions on Israel’s “serious security concerns”.

And he criticized the building of a wall around Bethlehem, while attributing its construction to the “stalemate” in relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

full article:

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15101

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

May 14, 2009

While “hasbara” translates most directly as “explanation,” what it has come to mean in practical terms is “any mechanism for making brutal, racist Israeli policy and practice seem palatable to the world.”

Benedict XVI validates war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, May 14, 2009 near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During Netanyahu’s first term as Israeli Prime Minister he pitted Muslims against Christians by approving construction of a Mosque on the site of the Annunciation.

***
… as one [Israeli] government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired in Politics

05/14/2009

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth

… Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.

The two popes who preceded him to the Holy Land appear to have better appreciated that point.

The first, Paul VI, made a hurried 12-hour stop in 1964, before the Vatican and Israel had established diplomatic relations, to conduct a Mass in Nazareth. During that time he did not utter the word “Israel” or formally meet with an Israeli official.

The second, John Paul II, came to the Holy Land in radically different circumstances: for the millennium, when hopes were still bright for the peace process. The Vatican had recognized Israel a few years earlier and the pontiff worked hard to soothe long-standing Jewish grievances against the Catholic church.

But he is also remembered by Palestinians for his bold move in joining Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, on a visit to the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where he cited UN resolutions against Israel and graphically described the “degrading conditions” under which Palestinians lived.

A decade on, the degrading conditions of occupation have worsened considerably and hopes of peace have vanished. In the circumstances, some Palestinians question what point a papal visit has served.

“The very act of coming here is a political act that works to the benefit of Israel,” observed Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent peace activist who teaches at the West Bank’s only Catholic university, in Bethlehem.

“This Pope’s visit, unlike his predecessor’s, offers no novelty — apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimize an extreme right-wing government.”

Israeli officials too are unpersuaded by the Pope’s claim that he can avoid being dragged into local politics. Or as one government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Israel has established the largest press centre in the country’s history for this visit, while police have broken up attempts by Palestinian organizations in Jerusalem to present a rival picture to journalists.

The attempts at careful stage management began from the moment the Pope’s plane touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday. At the reception, Pope Benedict stood between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Peres to listen not only to the Israeli national anthem but also to Jerusalem of Gold, a song popularised by soldiers during the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

The lyrics — offensive to Palestinians — describe an empty and neglected city before the arrival of Jews.

Similarly, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, made a point of welcoming him to the “capital of Israel and the Jewish people”, a description of Jerusalem not recognized in international law.

After the Pope failed to object, the Israeli media happily concluded that the country’s occupation of Jerusalem had papal blessing.

In addition, Palestinians, including the 100,000 with ties to Rome, have been angered by the Pope’s official meeting with the parents of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a humanitarian gesture made political for them by the fact that he has not extended the same courtesy to the parents of any of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli captivity.

Many Palestinians appreciate that the Pope — with his unfortunate, if apparently involuntary, connections to Nazi Germany — has been especially careful not to offend Israeli sensitivities, even if his speech at Yad Vashem failed to live up to the country’s high expectations.

But some also conclude that he has done too little to let the world know of their own plight.

Under pressure from Israel he has refused to visit Gaza, even at the beseeching of the tiny and besieged community of Catholics there.

Yesterday, to minimize Israel’s embarrassment, Vatican officials tried as best they could to keep him out of view of the oppressive wall that encircles Bethlehem. But he did speak to the press outside a UN school at a refugee camp within metres of the wall.

And today, as he headed to Nazareth to celebrate mass, he will not meet Mazin Ghanaim, mayor of the Galilee town of Sakhnin, after Israel labelled Mr Ghanaim a “supporter of terror” for criticizing its offensive in Gaza …

But Israel has not been able to control the message completely. On his one-day trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp yesterday, the Pope did acknowledge Palestinian suffering and the destruction of Gaza, even if he blamed it vaguely on “the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades”.

He lamented the difficulties Palestinians face in reaching their holy places in Jerusalem, though he appeared to justify the restrictions on Israel’s “serious security concerns”.

And he criticized the building of a wall around Bethlehem, while attributing its construction to the “stalemate” in relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

full article:

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15101

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

May 14, 2009

While “hasbara” translates most directly as “explanation,” what it has come to mean in practical terms is “any mechanism for making brutal, racist Israeli policy and practice seem palatable to the world.”

Benedict XVI validates war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, May 14, 2009 near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During Netanyahu’s first term as Israeli Prime Minister he pitted Muslims against Christians by approving construction of a Mosque on the site of the Annunciation.

***
… as one [Israeli] government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired in Politics

05/14/2009

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth

… Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.

The two popes who preceded him to the Holy Land appear to have better appreciated that point.

The first, Paul VI, made a hurried 12-hour stop in 1964, before the Vatican and Israel had established diplomatic relations, to conduct a Mass in Nazareth. During that time he did not utter the word “Israel” or formally meet with an Israeli official.

The second, John Paul II, came to the Holy Land in radically different circumstances: for the millennium, when hopes were still bright for the peace process. The Vatican had recognized Israel a few years earlier and the pontiff worked hard to soothe long-standing Jewish grievances against the Catholic church.

But he is also remembered by Palestinians for his bold move in joining Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, on a visit to the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where he cited UN resolutions against Israel and graphically described the “degrading conditions” under which Palestinians lived.

A decade on, the degrading conditions of occupation have worsened considerably and hopes of peace have vanished. In the circumstances, some Palestinians question what point a papal visit has served.

“The very act of coming here is a political act that works to the benefit of Israel,” observed Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent peace activist who teaches at the West Bank’s only Catholic university, in Bethlehem.

“This Pope’s visit, unlike his predecessor’s, offers no novelty — apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimize an extreme right-wing government.”

Israeli officials too are unpersuaded by the Pope’s claim that he can avoid being dragged into local politics. Or as one government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Israel has established the largest press centre in the country’s history for this visit, while police have broken up attempts by Palestinian organizations in Jerusalem to present a rival picture to journalists.

The attempts at careful stage management began from the moment the Pope’s plane touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday. At the reception, Pope Benedict stood between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Peres to listen not only to the Israeli national anthem but also to Jerusalem of Gold, a song popularised by soldiers during the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

The lyrics — offensive to Palestinians — describe an empty and neglected city before the arrival of Jews.

Similarly, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, made a point of welcoming him to the “capital of Israel and the Jewish people”, a description of Jerusalem not recognized in international law.

After the Pope failed to object, the Israeli media happily concluded that the country’s occupation of Jerusalem had papal blessing.

In addition, Palestinians, including the 100,000 with ties to Rome, have been angered by the Pope’s official meeting with the parents of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a humanitarian gesture made political for them by the fact that he has not extended the same courtesy to the parents of any of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli captivity.

Many Palestinians appreciate that the Pope — with his unfortunate, if apparently involuntary, connections to Nazi Germany — has been especially careful not to offend Israeli sensitivities, even if his speech at Yad Vashem failed to live up to the country’s high expectations.

But some also conclude that he has done too little to let the world know of their own plight.

Under pressure from Israel he has refused to visit Gaza, even at the beseeching of the tiny and besieged community of Catholics there.

Yesterday, to minimize Israel’s embarrassment, Vatican officials tried as best they could to keep him out of view of the oppressive wall that encircles Bethlehem. But he did speak to the press outside a UN school at a refugee camp within metres of the wall.

And today, as he headed to Nazareth to celebrate mass, he will not meet Mazin Ghanaim, mayor of the Galilee town of Sakhnin, after Israel labelled Mr Ghanaim a “supporter of terror” for criticizing its offensive in Gaza …

But Israel has not been able to control the message completely. On his one-day trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp yesterday, the Pope did acknowledge Palestinian suffering and the destruction of Gaza, even if he blamed it vaguely on “the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades”.

He lamented the difficulties Palestinians face in reaching their holy places in Jerusalem, though he appeared to justify the restrictions on Israel’s “serious security concerns”.

And he criticized the building of a wall around Bethlehem, while attributing its construction to the “stalemate” in relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

full article:

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15101

Will Benedict’s "Pilgrimage" Boost "Israel’s" Image or Destroy His Own?

May 12, 2009

On May 11, 2009 at Yad Vashem “Holocaust” Memorial Temple Pope Benedict said “May the names of these victims never perish! May their suffering never be denied, belittled, or forgotten!” What a boon for the Israelis who need so desperately for the suffering they’ve caused so many Palestinians to be forgotten.

Or, will this shameful act result, rather, in Benedict sharing in counterfeit Israel’s infamy as it should?

Benedict XVI participating in “Holocaust” liturgy, May 11, 2009
Benedict XVI yin yang embrace of Israeli President, terrorist, Shimon Peres, May 11, 2009

Let history record that while Gaza was still smoldering, Benedict XVI warmly embraced the Israelis aiding them in their hasbara campaign calculated to make the world forget their horrible crimes.

Will Benedict’s Pilgrimage Boost "Israel’s" Image or Destroy His Own?

May 12, 2009

On May 11, 2009 at Yad Vashem “Holocaust” Memorial Temple Pope Benedict said “May the names of these victims never perish! May their suffering never be denied, belittled, or forgotten!” What a boon for the Israelis who need so desperately for the suffering they’ve caused so many Palestinians to be forgotten.

Or, will this shameful act result, rather, in Benedict sharing in counterfeit Israel’s infamy as it should?

Benedict XVI participating in “Holocaust” liturgy, May 11, 2009
Benedict XVI in the embrace of Israeli President, terrorist, Shimon Peres, May 11, 2009

Let history record that while Gaza was still smoldering, Benedict XVI warmly embraced the Israelis aiding them in their hasbara campaign calculated to make the world forget their horrible crimes.

Will Benedict’s Pilgrimage Boost "Israel’s" Image or Destroy His Own?

May 12, 2009

On May 11, 2009 at Yad Vashem “Holocaust” Memorial Temple Pope Benedict said “May the names of these victims never perish! May their suffering never be denied, belittled, or forgotten!” What a boon for the Israelis who need so desperately for the suffering they’ve caused so many Palestinians to be forgotten.

Or, will this shameful act result, rather, in Benedict sharing in counterfeit Israel’s infamy as it should?

Benedict XVI participating in “Holocaust” liturgy, May 11, 2009
Benedict XVI in the embrace of Israeli President, terrorist, Shimon Peres, May 11, 2009

Let history record that while Gaza was still smoldering, Benedict XVI warmly embraced the Israelis aiding them in their hasbara campaign calculated to make the world forget their horrible crimes.

Racists Control Discourse on Racism at Fordham

April 21, 2009
DURBAN II “COUNTER-CONFERENCE”:

Addressing the Issues of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Genocide,
Xenophobia, Gender Discrimination and Religious Discrimination
April 20 – 24, 2009

Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York City

Co-Sponsors

American Jewish Committee
American Jewish International Relations Institute
American Zionist Movement
Anti-Defamation League
Association of Reform Zionists of America
B’nai B’rith International
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Eye on the UN
Hadassah International Council of Jewish Women
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Women International
National Council of Jewish Women
New York Board of Rabbis
ORT America · Rabbinical Assembly
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East · Touro Law School
Union for Reform Judaism
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
Women’s International Zionist Organization
World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues
World Jewish Congress
Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism

http://www.jewishlawyers.org/media/user/documents/AAJLJ_program_for_circulation.pdf

According to the program for this conference Dr. Phyllis Chesler will give a talk titled, “Discrimination Against Muslim Women.” This would be a fine opportunity to ask Dr. Chesler when she intends to address Orthodox Judaic discrimination against women …

Jerusalem’s Taliban

“God’s Chosen” Cavemen

Move to the back of the (Judaic) Bus!

… confront the rabbis on their phony “save Darfur” coalition …

http://eaazi.blogspot.com/2009/04/harvard-book-store-mamdani-darfur.html#respond

… confront Abe Foxman on his holocaust denial …

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue

… and level appropriate criticism of the racist nature of “The Jewish State” which its advocates are attempting to escape by “co-hosting” a counter-conference entirely controlled by them.

Gaza Massacre Fosters Race Hatred in Israeli Youth

The Rabbis’ Anti-Black Teachings of Hatred in Practice

“Elder Brother” Rabbi Eliyahu: “One yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs”

Racist Knesset Clears Itself of Racism